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And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

Aug 12, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

Last night's scores and highlights, as well as digressions about humidity and whether a baseball team can request political asylum.

Rockies 6, Mets 2: Two outs, runners on second and third, a base open
and Troy Tulowitzski at the plate. I hate intentional walks, but I
understand that a lot of managers would walk Tulowtizki in that spot.
Especially to bring up Melvin Mora. Boy did that ever bite Jerry Manuel
in the ass! Grand slam for Mora, game basically over.

Padres 8, Pirates 5:
Sometimes I wonder if, on a road trip, Pirates players ever consider
walking away from the team hotel and defecting like they were Soviet
ballet dancers or something. I’m pretty sure there’s a U.N. resolution
somewhere that covers the dire situation in which they find themselves
and would counsel that the home team provide them asylum.

Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 2:
Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew went back
to back to back to back in the fourth inning.  All four came off Dave
Bush, by the way, who apparently is unaware of certain settled concepts.

Phillies 2, Dodgers 0: Matt Kemp was on the bench again because, according to Joe
Torre, he wanted to run out the lineup that had scored 15 runs the night
before. Maybe he would have been better off somehow finding a way to bench Roy Oswalt, because I think the opposing pitcher had a lot more to do with it.

Yankees 7, Rangers 6:
The Yankees got to Cliff Lee enough to keep it close, but then they
really got to Frank Francisco and Neftali Feliz to secure a comeback win
after being down 6-1. Good to see Mariano Rivera close it down a day
after a blown save. Fragile young closers like him need to get right
back on that horse after falling off, you know, lest they get all
erratic and nervous.

Marlins 9, Nationals 5:
Mike Stanton went 5 for 5 with two doubles a homer and four RBI.  OK,
now that that’s out of the way, allow me to observe that between
Washington, Miami and Atlanta, the NL East has to be the most humid
and disgusting division in baseball, weather-wise. I can’t think of any division that — in the
aggregate — plays in more oppressive, swampy heat. Baltimore gets ugly,
of course, but they’re offset by a couple of domes and northern teams in their
division. Same with Kansas City. Texas sucks, but lovely Anaheim,
Oakland and Seattle temperatures more than offset it. Philly and New
York don’t nearly outweigh the awfulness of D.C.-to-Miami weather. These are the things I think about when I’m on the 1,356th straight day of sitting in air conditioning.

Braves 8, Astros 2: My Mets and Phillies friends told me “beware of late-season Billy Wagner!” They kinda have a point. Still, the Braves gotta score more than two runs in regulation before they can really start worrying about their closer blowing one here or there. And hey, if Wagner had locked this one down then Brian McCann wouldn’t have had that grand slam, and the grand slam was great fun.

Cardinals 6, Reds 1: Hit this one up as it ended yesterday. The Reds, ironically, were the ones who ended up gettin’ told.

Athletics 5, Mariners 1: Dallas Braden turns in his second best performance of the year, going the distance and allowing a single run. Three doubles and three RBI for Mark Ellis, who hit into a triple play on Monday. This is important. This means something.

White Sox 6, Twins 1: John Danks has been pretty incredible lately. Last night: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 7K. The dogfight in the AL Central continues.

Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 1: Two homers for Bill Hall and bombs from J.D. Drew and Adrian Beltre as well.

Orioles 3, Indians 1: Buck Showalter is The Doormat Whisperer. Brad Bergesen with a complete game two-hitter.  Only complaint: with thirteen hits and three walks, the O’s really should have scored more than three runs.

Angels 2, Royals 1: Bobby Abreu walks off with a bomb off Jesse Chavez who, for reasons known only to Ned Yost, was pitching in a critical situation. Great starts by both Zack Greinke and Jered Weaver, each allowing only one run on six hits in eight innings.

Tigers 3, Rays 2: Detroit salvages one as Matt Garza, sadly, does not no-hit the Tigers again.

Giants 5, Cubs 4: Pat Burrell had a couple of big hits and a nice defensive play on a relay throw from left field. At this point he should probably petition to have his time in Tampa Bay just expunged from his record, no?

Programming Note: I’m going to be gone tomorrow for what is, as far as you know, some important business. As such, there won’t be any “And That Happened.” Please try to find a way to muddle through the day . . . somehow.

  1. Kiwicricket - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    Could you not just make something up now and hope it fits? I really don’t want to have to talk to anyone during my lunch-break

  2. Ditto65 - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    I like that idea – you could guess the scores and make witty remarks for scheduled starters, and we could YELL and SCREAM about how far off base you are. I think you should go for it.

  3. YankeesfanLen - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Just have your magic Internet thing put up the headline at 6AM and we’ll fill in the rest.

  4. Jonny5 - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Oswalt was dealin’ , Madson did a fine job as set up man, and Lidge was just plain filthy. Yes Brad Lidge was throwing like the wizard he was. His slider was just baffling to watch, it was freezing guys on strikes and making them swing on sliders in the dirt. He was badass last night. Let’s hope this is a prelude to the rest of the season. Charlie Manuel was thinkin’ last night…. “Can the Braves lose?” I say, as soon as Mcann get’s into a slump, yes. That’s the sparkplug. Mcann. Anyway, Let’s hope the Phills can get back a half game today with Atlanta off, ya know, since they aren’t losing right now you have to take what you can get.

  5. Philip P - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    “Matt Kemp was on the bench again because, according to Joe Torre, he wanted to run out the lineup that had scored 15 runs the night before.”
    If one checks the box score, Kemp drove in 2 of the 15 runs with a single. Seems like Torre is using some BS to justify the benching.

  6. birdmancometh - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Thats Bull Shat Chris! Get a blackberry!

  7. Jonny5 - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    pinch hitter.

  8. murd - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    I know it’s way early to really worry about Wagner, but if this last week or so is more than just a slump, who do the Braves go to down the stretch? Is Venters ready for the pressure? Is Saito still good enough? Like I said, way too early and I like Wagner a lot so hopefully this won’t be an issue.

  9. Simon DelMonte - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    You should recruit someone to cover for you once in a while. Get a guest blogger like Neyer does, or maybe have Old Gator do it.

  10. Old Gator - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Craig can’t afford me. When he was down here in April I picked the place for lunch and he picked up the tab, and MSNBC nearly took back his company VISA card because of the extravagant tab we ran up.
    .
    As to last night, the Feesh greeted former schoolmate Scott Olsen with a seven-run barrage in the first two innings, including a Hanley Ramirez moonshot that the announcers, with their laser sextant, determined that it went 440 feet. That’s straight line distance and doesn’t take its gravity’s rainbow into account. That’ll teach the little juvenile delinquent to get into a fistfight with Ricky Nolasco. Other noteworthies: Mike Stanton, as part of his 5-for-5 outburst, also launched a Mars probe off reliever Perralta that the announcers, using the latest cutting edge measuring assumptions, figured to travel around 480-500 feet which, I believe, was also both the wingspread that Daisuke Kashewage estimated for Rodan and the body length that Daisuke Yamane estimated for Godzilla – the reptile, not the bobblehead with the Yankee pinstripes on it.
    .
    The Feesh find themselves clinging to the Strange Attractor again, for the – ready for this? – eighteenth time this season, what William Butler Yeats called “the struggle of the fly in the marmelade” in his odd little account of playing ouija scrabble with the spirit of a long gone Moorish poet/philosopher, A Vision (I felt a need to uncork an obscure high modernist reference to keep up with my pal BC’s invocation of “Death in Venice” in one of the K-Rod-Koldkoks-His-Wife’s-Daddy” threads.
    .

  11. Philip P - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    True but sometimes it takes one hit to get things going but immediately after the game he was told he was sitting again. He is too young and talented to be benched; if they won’t let him play through his issues/growing pains then they need to make a change and move him.

  12. Kevin S. - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    If people like Torre and LaRussa didn’t inexplicably bench their best players from time to time, how could they justify their exorbitant salaries? I mean, a trained chimp could just, you know, play the best nine players each day. You need some serious managerial expertise to fuck that up.

  13. NicoSamuelson2 - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    My goodness, Craig. The link in the Snakes/Crew recap was truly inspired.

  14. APBA Guy - Aug 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    How about having Tiffany come on and do video ATH? Guys, what say you?

  15. Old Gator - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Pardon me – in response to BC’s quoting “Little Herr Friedemann” in one of the…etc.

  16. The Rabbit - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Only if we females get to choose a stand-in for Craig. :-)
    On another subject–Happy Birthday Len!

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